Australian MotoGP: Second Phillip Island practice washed out

Ducati stand-in Hector Barbera was fastest in second MotoGP practice for the Australian Grand Prix, a session that was essentially washed out

Australian MotoGP: Second Phillip Island practice washed out

Rain at Phillip Island set in on Friday, and conditions deteriorated between the first and second sessions, while air and track temperatures also dropped by several degrees.

Primarily due to concerns over standing water, the start of practice two was initially delayed by 45 minutes.

Only seven riders braved the weather when the pitlane opened, with Avintia Ducati regular Barbera - standing in for the injured Andrea Iannone with the factory team - setting the fastest time.

While his 1m51.958s was 2.060 seconds faster than his Avintia replacement Mike Jones, it was 11.001s slower than Cal Crutchlow's first practice benchmark.

After 13 minutes the session was red flagged, a decision Marc VDS Honda rider and local hope Jack Miller described as "smart".

Practice was then cancelled at 4:30pm local time - 45 minutes after the original, delayed start.

LCR Honda's Crutchlow did not bother getting into his leathers, with Tito Rabat, Danilo Petrucci, Aleix Espargaro and Valentino Rossi joining Barbera in recording a time, while Loris Baz and Scott Redding also tested the conditions but not for a full lap.

Rossi will be hoping for improved conditions in third practice on Saturday morning, to book a guaranteed place in Q2, having been stripped of second place in first practice.

Rain is currently forecast to stick around on Saturday, but clear on Sunday.

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:

Pos Rider Team Time Gap
1 Hector Barbera Ducati 1m51.958s -
2 Mike Jones Avintia Ducati 1m54.018s 2.060s
3 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1m55.693s 3.735s
4 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m55.722s 3.764s
5 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1m58.112s 6.154s
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m58.412s 6.454s
- Scott Redding Pramac Ducati - -
- Loris Baz Avintia Ducati - -


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